Red-winged Blackbird [Agelaius phoeniceus] ~ 2017 #25

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird ~ George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ February 2017 [click on any picture for larger image]
Although it does take some convincing (and not all can be convinced) the Red-Winged Blackbirds are more than happy to grab tasty seeds right from your hand. Unlike the Chickadees, who will daintily pick out one at a time, the Red-winged Blackbird won’t leave until all the food is gone.

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Red-winged Blackbird (female) ~ George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ February 2017

FACT: “Male Red-winged Blackbirds fiercely defend their territories during the breeding season, spending more than a quarter of daylight hours in territory defense. He chases other males out of the territory and attacks nest predators, sometimes going after much larger animals, including horses and people.”
[allaboutbirds.org]

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird (male) ~ George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ February 2017

If you’d like to see pictures from my prior years’ posts click the year: 2016 / 2015

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